God Knows Their Names

March 27, 2009 at 11:51 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

2We were privileged to bring the “Your Life Matters” event to Kennesaw Mountain High School this morning and all we can say is WOW. It never stops amazing us how we leave these events feeling like we received far more then we gave, and this morning was no exception. Before the event started their entire leadership team prayed over us. We were able to see faces connecting to a message of hope and purpose and had the chance to talk with several students afterwards – hearing some amazing things they are dreaming about and thinking through.

For those of you who were in the room this morning, thank you for letting us be a part of what you are doing there. The dreams, ideas, passions and burdens you were thinking through this morning – pursue them with everything in you. We need you.

After the event we got to meet a man known by the students there as “Pops.” He was an elderly man, walking with a cane and on a first name basis with the students. When I asked him why he was there, he smiled and reluctantly began telling me how he wakes up at 3 AM every day, pulls out a list of every student’s name at Kennesaw Mountain and prays for them by name.

He told us, “most of these kids don’t have anyone praying for them, so I do. I know God knows their names but I think he really likes to hear them.”

With everything in me that craves attention, to be noticed, to be known, here is a guy on his knees every morning believing and begging God to move in the lives of students. We were speechless.

God is alive and active, His story of redemption is growing – and mornings like this we get a front row seat. Thank you for praying for us, I truly believe you will not understand this side of heaven the impact YOU are making. And if you are struggling with your role in the story, what if you just started to join Pops? Find a group and pray for them by name everyday, It doesn’t have to be thousands of students, it could be 5 people. We are learning that when we pray on for others and things outside of “our world”, it quickly helps the story to not be just about us.

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3 Comments

  1. Erica Deuel said,

    I love pops!! I didn’t get to meet him, but what a cool guy!?! That’s amazing and so encouraging/challenging! Great Blog entry!

  2. Mom Deuel said,

    Very encouraging!! I love to hear about people doing things that seem simple to us, but in God’s eyes are huge. Thank you Pops for being such a Godly example to all of us.

  3. Becca said,

    What a great story! I love haring about this kind of stuff 🙂

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